Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$140
Weight
Men: 11.6oz
Women: 9.8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 9mm
Women: 9mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • According to some testers, the La Sportiva Akyra is one of the most protective trail running shoes they have ever worn.
  • A lot of runners agreed that they stayed comfortable even after long sessions of running.
  • Most of the testers mentioned that the shoe performed well on technical terrains.
  • Some runners commented that the shoe fitted well from the midpoint to the heel.
  • Many testers confirmed that the shoe provided excellent support on mud-covered trails, soft snow, and wet rocks.
  • According to many users, the La Sportiva Akyra is able to offer more protection compared to other running shoes.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few testers said that the shoe rubbed the back of the foot and that such an occurrence made it difficult for them to continue running uphill.
  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe is a little bit heavy.
  • A lot of users observed that the lugs on the outsole held and collected mud very easily. This added more weight to the shoe.
  • This shoe is not responsive to running on technical downhills, according to some runners.

Bottom line

A lot of users agreed that the La Sportiva Akyra is a rugged, yet very protective and comfortable footwear. It performed well on different tough running environments. Some runners said that the durable lug outsole of this shoe led them responsibly through the unpredictable terrains. They mentioned that this shoe was best used for hiking, walking and running, but was not responsive on technical downhills.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 25 ratings

5 star
60%
4 star
32%
3 star
8%
2 star
0%
1 star
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Expert Reviews

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86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 5 expert

    This is a shoe that is more suited for all mountain hiking in varied conditions, rocky technical terrain, multi day backpacking/fastpacking, using with supplemental traction devices or strap crampons.

  • 83 / 100 by Motiv Running • Motiv Running • Level 2 expert

    Who’s it best for? Trail runners who frequently run very technical mountain and trail terrain with a lot of rocks, talus and possibly wet, slippery or uneven surfaces.

  • 75 / 100 by Trail And Ultra Running • Craig Lloyd • Level 2 expert

    The Akyra is designed more as a day hiking shoe, with a built up heel and stiff midsole/outsole. The upper provides a good toe guard and solid fabric, but tends to feel stiff.

  • 75 / 100 by Trail and Ultra Running • Robin • Level 1 expert

    The women’s version is a very pretty shoe with high-quality construction. I love the tread.

  • 75 / 100 by Trail and Ultra Running • Jenna Bradford • Level 1 expert

    The Akyra is a rugged shoe that feels equipped to handle the toughest conditions.

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Updates to La Sportiva Akyra

  • The La Sportiva Akyra is a rugged trail running shoe that dominates the trails. It features a 3-layer construction system that secures fitting and breathability.
  • It has deep Trail Bite lugs with Impact Brake System that is best for snowy and off trail conditions. This system prevents sliding and slipping.
  • It also features a MicroLite Skeleton overlay that aims to provide runners with lateral movement stability.

La Sportiva Akyra size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the La Sportiva Akyra has a standard running shoe length. This shoe is best for runners who love rugged trail running. Available widths are D-medium for men and B-Medium for women.

Outsole

The La Sportiva Akyra has a FriXion Red rubber outsole that is designed for comfort and durability. It utilizes a versatile sticky rubber compound that is best for rocky and technical terrains.

The Trail Rocker outsole of this shoe promotes natural outer heel to inner toe support for smoother rides on the trails.

Because of the Impact Brake System of the La Sportiva Akyra, runners can confidently handle different trail surfaces. The aggressive lug and Trail Bite heel provides maximum grip as well as better downhill and uphill traction.

Midsole

The Injection Shock Absorbing MEMlex EVA of the La Sportiva Akyra is stiff and firm. It protects the runner’s foot even after long days of wearing the shoe on varied landscapes. Despite the stiff midsole, it still feels very cushioned.

Upper

The La Sportiva Akyra has a thick gusseted tongue. It provides a nice touch for comfort and fitting. The heel collar provides a great hold. It is well-padded and protected. It is important in stopping debris from entering into the shoe.

The shoe has an innovative 3-layer upper that is composed of breathable Air Mesh. This keeps the foot well-ventilated and cool.

It has a TPU MicroLite Skeleton overlay that creates a stable, durable, secure-fitting and comfortable upper. The overlays resemble an Origami design. It holds the forefoot and the mid-foot in place under any circumstances.

The toe bumper is burly and long-lasting. It’s created to withstand most debris and obstacles on the trails.

The lacing system is made stretchable to accommodate a more snug and secure fit. It interacts properly with the shoe’s loop eyelets.

The toe box is roomy. This gives the runner’s toes ample space to relax and spread out.